June 7, 2012

GMC Day 7: Me and Orson Welles (2008)

Zac Efron, Claire Danes


I often pick movies based on the people in them. I freely admit it. So I chose this movie because yes, like a 16 year-old girl, I like Zac Efron. If you were wondering who the one person was that saw Charlie St. Cloud in the theater, it was me (and yes, it was as lame as you'd expect). Additionally, this movie got good reviews. Well, despite the fact that this is also a movie review site, I am starting to doubt the reliability of said reviews. I mean, were they just polling people endlessly until someone said something good about this movie that could be used in promotions?

Let's start with the miscasting. Zac Efron is supposed to be a high school-er. Again. It was semi-believable the first time he did it for High School Musical, but that was two years earlier. And he was already 19 at that point. But okay, I can live with it.

Then comes Claire Danes as his love interest. They have no chemistry. As in, none. It's almost as awkward as Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp in The Tourist. Okay, well, maybe that's a stretch. But it's definitely on par for uncomfortable pairings with Reese Witherspoon and that Twilight guy in Water for Elephants

But the most egregious casting is putting this guy in the title role of Orson Welles, who is supposed to be 22 in this movie. 22! FYI, this guy was born in 1973. That would make him 35 when this movie was made. That might not big deal if he looked like an Olsen twin, but this dude looks like he's been 40 all his life.

Beyond that, though, the movie is just kinda...blah. You don't laugh, you don't cry, and you almost don't even care what happens in the end. Not my idea of a watchable movie.

Oh, and IMDB says 'people who liked this also liked... An Education, The Ides of March, and A Single Man. Don't be fooled. This movie is not in their league. Their algorithms must be off.

Final word: Just say no.

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